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Monthly Program: February 2023

February 2, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A 27 Year Wildflower Journey:
The Making of Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change

Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Rob Badger and Nita Winter take you behind the scenes on their 27-year journey photographing wildflowers throughout California and the West. It began in 1992 when they discovered and fell in love with California’s spectacular wildflower blooms in the Mojave Desert’s Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve. Photographing these beautiful landscapes and individual flowers evolved into their documentary art project, “Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change.” Their beautiful, multiple award-winning coffee table book, co-published with the California Native Plant Society, focuses on California’s amazing plant diversity. It is a companion to their traveling educational exhibit.

Gorgeous superbloom scenery isn’t the only thing that makes this series so special. The photographers show how they create wildflower portraits in the field, lugging 80 pounds of cameras and their “natural light” studio equipment from below sea level in Death Valley National Park to 13,000-foot-high mountain passes. Rob also shares two innovative field techniques he developed to capture unique floral portraits that go beyond traditional wildflower photography.

Because most land based birds directly, or indirectly, rely on the existence of wildflowers and other native plants for their survival, creating native plant gardens is an important way to support local wildlife. Nita and Rob will take you into their evolving native plant garden and share the joy and rewards it brings them.

Internationally acclaimed conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners and creative collaborators for more than three decades. Their work has been featured in Time, Mother Jones, and Sierra magazines, the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times. They are the recent recipients of the Sierra Club’s 2020 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography.

Purchase books and learn more at wildflowerbooks.com. Photography website: WinterBadger.com


Photographers Nita Winter and Rob Badger Backpacking to photograph wildflowers in the Carson Pass area, Background Lake Winnamucca, Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. Photograph by unknown fellow hiker


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February 2, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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